In response to Dr. Savage’s posting on my “Calla Lily”, I replied:You’re so right, Doc. With CNC machines getting so popular these days, we are seeing more and more woodwork done on the CNC that are far from hand-made. I ...
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I learned wood carving from a Master Carver while I was living in China. Unfortunately when I returned, "life" and the need to earn a steady income took over and I boxed my tools away for many years. In Jan of 2009 I found and unpacked the boxes containing all my tools.
That was a "kid in a toy store" day for me! What memories! I spent the next few days cleaning and sharpening my tools, then grabbed anything I can get ahold of and started carving. I am thrilled that what I learned years ago came right back.
Since that day, I've added new carving tools and taken over our 2-car garage completely, to my wife's chagrin. We did add a new 16x30 shed in the back acre, but we've only been able to move excess household stuff into it to give me more moving-around room in my garage "shop".
Now that I am retarded - I mean retired - I am glad I have a new purpose in my life - a reason to get dressed in the morning and get to work because I want to! LOL!
I am now busier and having more fun working with wood than I've had in a long time!
January 1, 2013 Update: I had a wonderful 2012 and hope y'all did as well. With the encouragement of friends and relatives, I entered seven of my work at the 47th Annual Artistry in Wood in Oklahoma City last October. I am super delighted to report that five of my carvings won Blue Ribbons and the other two Red ones. And of the Blue Ribbon winners, the Calla Lily won the Best of Show - a Gold Ribbon!
The icing on the cake came when I was voted the "Carver of the Year" at the Eastern Oklahoma Woodcarvers Association in December. I treasure that win because there are many accomplished and suburb artists whom I admire and respect in that organization. I learned so much in the past three years from Jordan Straker and from Rusty Johnson - my mentors - without whom I would not have won those prizes. Thank you all. I am planning for 2013 to be even better.
January 1, 2014 Update: 2013 was truly an outstanding year . . . the year that I started selling a lot of my work. The biggest surprise was setting a table (just a 6'one) at a nearby farmers' market on Saturday mornings! It was a spur of the moment and impulsive move thinking I'd have some fun and get fresh fruits and veggies every week. I actually sold more there than all the woodcarving shows I've attended! There were referrals, custom commission work and more referrals! I also discovered gourd carving from Jordan - who is the Master in his own class - and started experimenting with them. I am loving it and my skill on gourd carving is improving daily. Thanx, Jordan! Anyone who has not seen Jordan's work, please visit his web site - jordanstraker.com. You will be amazed.
Thank you for reading. May you also be blessed with a healthy and wonderful 2014.
-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.
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